The Bullring is our place. Originally an arena for the showing of cattle, this building has served a number of different roles over the last 103 years. Its recent renovation into a coffee shop completes a multi-year CSA program to make the space open all day as a lounge for students. Come by and grab a fair-trade coffee or some affordable grub that isn't produced by a massive fast food chain. Relax and crack open a book. The space is ours, most of theemployees are students, and all profits are reinvested in the building. The Bullring can also be booked for events!
The Bullring, built in 1903, was originally called the “Judging Pavilion” and used for livestock auctions and shows. Cattle used to enter the building from the entrance that now faces Winegard walk. At the time, what is now known as the University of Guelph, did not exist, the campus was composed of the Ontario Agriculture College, the MacDonald Institute and experimental farm fields. The Ontario Veterinary College became the third institution to join the campus in 1922.
Around 1970, four years after the University of Guelph was established, the Bullring was converted into a campus pub. Through the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s the Bullring was among the UofG students favourite watering holes. In 2002 due to dwindling sales the Bullring closed and planning began for its transition. In the summer of 2003 construction began with the goal of converting it into a coffee pub. Although most of the interior was gutted, the original interior walls, steam radiators, windows and unique round ceiling remain. Its turn of the century architecture, and the knowledge that students have passed through here for close to a one hundred years, lends a unique feel to the Bullring; It's like no other place on campus.
In October 2003, the Bullring opened to the public as a furnished, licensed coffee shop with a full menu. Today the Bulling employs over 40 part time staff who are also students here at the U of G and offers a wide range of products and services including a diverse menu, internet café, live music, open stage, microwave, ATM services and Fair Trade coffee and tea. Although we do have great food, you can bring your bag lunch, and come and chill without buying a thing.
It truly is your on campus living room.
Main entrance: Across from Rosanski
Back entrance: Beside Mackinnon
7 Trent Lane, University of Guelph
Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm
Available for rent evenings and weekends
Bullring General Manager: Katrina Lindsay
Phone: 519-824-4120 ext 58115